from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A form of bingo, especially one using beans as markers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A beanfeast; any noisy celebration, a party.
  • n. Any home-made gas or indigestion remedy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a game in which numbered balls are drawn and random and players cover the correponding numbers on their cards.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards


Blend of bean and (bing)o.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviation of beanfeast. (Wiktionary)


  • Originally called beano, the game was first introduced in the United States by Edwin Lowe, who had seen the game played during a traveling carnival in 1929. - Top Stories

  • Albert Hall, a new dress of silver and paste diamonds, a fat supper, and that jolly feeling of believing that a real "beano" is justified because, after all, _we_ won the war, didn't we?

    Over the Fireside with Silent Friends

  • The 'beano' comes very near to this land -- so near that across its marches you may hear the sackbut and shawm from the breaks.

    In Homespun

  • "beano"; while the lonely -- well, one likes to imagine that there are no lonely ones at Christmas-time; or, if there are -- that somebody has asked them out, or they have toothache and so wouldn't appreciate even the society of jolly seraphims.

    Over the Fireside with Silent Friends

  • "beano" because participants marked cardboard cards with beans.


  • Obamas top economic gasbags just ate another can of beans, and forgot to take their beano.

    Half of the country wants out of Social Security. - Moe_Lane’s blog - RedState

  • A recent sell-out party at London's 3,000-capacity Matter shows that this hardy survivor is still fighting fit and anything but flabby, so their Easter beano tonight on Brighton seafront looks the ideal place to enjoy this April's seemingly endless holiday season.

    Clubs picks of the week

  • He may have been booted off BBC Radio 1 last year in a Logan's Run-style cull of the station's ageing jocks, but the lineup for Gilles Peterson's annual awards beano proves that the 47-year-old still has his finger on, or at least very near, the pulse.

    Clubs picks of the week

  • Born in nearby Worthing, Jon has chosen Hove's cosy H Bar for his latest beano, and there's an interesting headliner.

    This week's new clubs previews

  • • Finally, because timing is everything, now is obviously just the right time for Greek tourist officials to hold a beano along the Thames, urging holidaymakers and would-be property owners to think about spending money in Crete.



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